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India, Singapore hold joint air exercise

A joint air exercise between the air forces of India and Singapore is in progress at the Kalaikunda air base in West Bengal and will conclude on December 15, IAF sources said today.

world Updated: Dec 11, 2008 23:01 IST

A joint air exercise between the air forces of India and Singapore is in progress at the Kalaikunda air base in West Bengal and will conclude on December 15, IAF sources said today.

The bilateral air exercise codenamed SINDEX began on November 24.

The Royal Singapore Air Force (RSAF) has brought its F-16C/D fighter aircraft and IAF its MiG-27 ground attack fighters in the 20-day war games.

"SINDEX provides a valuable opportunity to both the air forces to interact in realistic and challenging conditions and learn from each other's experiences," IAF sources said, when asked about the objectives set for the exercise.

"This is the sixth exercise of the SINDEX series to be conducted in India and second after the two sides signed a bilateral agreement for conducting joint military training and exercises in India," sources said.

The exercises have helped the IAF and RSAF, sources said, to understand each other well and operate jointly.

The two sides have warm defence relations, which include regular exchange visits and professional interaction, they added.

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